Pasnen's voice and the style with which he uses it is simply phenomenal."
Ray Pasnen is a unique and memorable entertainer who combines his skills as a
piano, guitar and harmonica player with an acclaimed vocal style. All of
this wrapped up in a comedic package that is not soon forgotten. His
distinctive voice takes the warmth of Country, the soul of Rhythm & Blues
and the driving energy of Rock and Roll and delivers it in a style all his own.
Ray has traveled the world with his
live show, making friends and fans. From Korea to New York, Bermuda
to Germany, his endearing stage presence has earned him a place in
the hearts of many. His range often amazes folks. From old
stand-byes to brand new hits, Ray is right at home with any sort of song.
"Hey, even his web
site is great!" -some drunk
His music is available on various
albums. The 1992 release, "Human Race", kicked off a Wal-Mart
sponsored tour. Later, "Live in Bermuda", was released as a 30
song-double CD and includes not only his originals but many hits from various
artists. Most recently, Ray has produced a new album called, "Music from
the Mill". It was recorded in Bielefeld, Germany at Mühlenstudio.
[Mill Studio] He has received extensive airplay around the U.S., Canada, Europe
Ray Pasnen's talents have found him in the
spotlight opening for such stars as Travis Tritt, Lorrie Morgan, Johnny Cash,
Willie Nelson, The Charlie Daniels Band, Little Texas and more. He has
played before audiences at venues such as the island wide 4th of July
Celebration in Guam and the world famous Lincoln Center
and Beacon Theater, both
in New York City.
Ray was born in 1968 in Kaiserslautern, Germany
while his mom and dad were in the military and then brought up in Medway, Maine,
USA. At the age of 18, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts and attended
Berklee College of Music for 2 years taking every music business course that was
offered. He then returned to the mid-Maine area (around Bangor) and played
with the popular band, Choice. The band played all over Maine and Atlantic
Canada including Disabled American Veteran's Halls, Stacey's Country Bar at The
Dick Stacey Motel, various Elk's lodges and much more. After successfully
entertaining thousands of folks around the northeast, he moved a little south to
New York City and pursued an offered production deal with Powerhouse
Entertainment. He spent 5 years, signed two more production deals and
broke into the Manhattan nightclub scene in NYC. For many years you could
catch Ray performing at several of New York City's well known music venues like
The Back Fence, Rathbone's, The Red Lion, Wilson's,
The Mercury Lounge, Tramps, The Bitter End
and many more. One night while playing at Eamon Doran's in the
Pennsylvania Hotel, Ray met Jill Ruxton who was the manager at The Wharf Tavern
in St. George's, Bermuda. Jill hired Ray to play the next two years in St.
George's. He then moved to performing at The Swizzle Inn in Bailey's Bay,
Bermuda and has been working there six months per year for 9 seasons. In
between his summer gigs he works in Germany , the US, England, Holland and, this
year, Australia in January.
When his schedule permits, he donates
his services to many charitable causes. He plays for the children at Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Pediatric Cancer Research Center in New York for Musicians
On Call, does benefit concerts for the March Of Dimes and various
"gigs" for the mentally challenged, homeless and infirm for New York's
Hospital Audiences, Inc.